February 26 / 15.50 Newcastle

15.50 Newcastle

Good To Soft

Break From The Field With Vertem Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10033.9
  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 3m 50s
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Break From The Field With Vertem Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 41112 CD BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
The last two of his three C&D wins were comfortable and it was no backward step when runner-up at Musselburgh (good to soft) three weeks ago; based on his consistent RPRs, this mark should be manageable now handicapping; edges preference.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:55 Ayr

Since Day One

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

1st

3

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:50 Newcastle

Since Day One

11st 4lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

The last two of his three C&D wins were comfortable and it was no backward step when runner-up at Musselburgh (good to soft) three weeks ago; based on his consistent RPRs, this mark should be manageable now handicapping; edges preference.

7/2

2nd

2

6th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:05 Musselburgh

Since Day One

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

3-3 over hurdles with all those wins coming at Newcastle (2m, good-soft), easily the last twice; strong claims for last year's winning yard.

2/1

10/11

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1111 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Fairly untroubled in winning a bumper and three novice hurdles, all at 2m and showing versatility regards ground conditions; the runner-up last time hasn't franked the form but perhaps unwise to read too much into that; he looks promising.
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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:55 Ayr

Soft Risk

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

2nd

5

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:50 Newcastle

Soft Risk

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Fairly untroubled in winning a bumper and three novice hurdles, all at 2m and showing versatility regards ground conditions; the runner-up last time hasn't franked the form but perhaps unwise to read too much into that; he looks promising.

10/11

1st

1

16th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:10 Kelso

Soft Risk

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Unbeaten in a bumper and two novice hurdles (good to soft/heavy); beat Well Planted by 5l at Ayr and now has to give him 12lb, but he appeared to improve again when doing it so easily here last time; looks useful.

8/11

Form: 517-83 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Won off a 2lb higher mark here last March (good to soft) and returned to form with a front-running third at Sedgefield; exposed and not that consistent, but clearly a contender if on a good day.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

11

13th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Aintree

Theatre Legend

10st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Chris Grant

5th

2

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Theatre Legend

11st 12lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Chris Grant

Has a regressive profile but he posted some fair efforts at the start of this year and he's continued to drop down the weights; has had wind surgery since his last outing and he's not ruled out.

9/1

3rd

3

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 46y

Class 3

15:10 Newcastle

Theatre Legend

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Chris Grant

Made all to win this race off a 5lb higher mark last year; hasn't scored since, but fair third here last time (Minella Plus well back in fourth); worth considering.

15/8

OUR TIP

Form: 221113 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Completed a hat-trick on his handicap debut at Musselburgh in December, again making all; finished a remote third last time but suffered some severe mid-race interference and no surprise should he bounce back; trip/ground fine.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 46y

Class 3

15:10 Newcastle

Minella Plus

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three races late last year (two novice events and a handicap); hampered by a faller when third in a Catterick handicap in January, but disappointing over C&D last time; needs to bounce back.

4/1

4th

1

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:50 Newcastle

Minella Plus

11st 5lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Completed a hat-trick on his handicap debut at Musselburgh in December, again making all; finished a remote third last time but suffered some severe mid-race interference and no surprise should he bounce back; trip/ground fine.

10/1

3rd

1

26th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:10 Catterick

Minella Plus

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Like so many from his yard, he's having an excellent season and he completed a hat-trick on his handicap debut at Musselburgh in December, again making all; his previous win came over this C&D on good ground; more required under top weight but it's unlikely we've seen the best of him yet.

11/10

Form: 4516-P

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Won a Fakenham maiden in December 2020 for Andrew Balding but well beaten in handicaps under both codes since then and he didn't want to know back from an absence last week at Kelso when virtually refusing to race.
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2nd

4

(2)

6th Jul 2022

Good

1m 7f 189y

Class 5

15:50 Catterick

Diocletian

10st 0lb

J: Sam James

T: Keith Dalgleish

towards rear, pushed along and some headway 2f out, bit short of room under 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

20/1

8th

6

(5)

19th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

17:15 Pontefract

Diocletian

9st 5lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Keith Dalgleish

close up, soon in touch with leaders, ridden and pressed leaders from under 3f out, weakened inside final furlong

9/1

9th

9

(8)

5th Jun 2022

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Diocletian

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

took keen hold, in rear, ridden and struggling 3f out, never on terms

33/1

Form: 3-31P1 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Cheltenham winner in December and the saddle slipped when pulled up there next time; soon back on track with an ultra-game success at Leicester (1m7f, soft) and Archie Bellamy rides again off a 4lb higher mark; solid.
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Verdict Starting price

6th

17

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Lively Citizen

10st 5lb

J: Archie Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

2nd

20

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Lively Citizen

10st 1lb

J: Archie Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

The saddle slipped when pulled up early on his penultimate run and just a few days later he resumed his progress with a battling display under Archie Bellamy at Leicester (1m7f, soft); continues to creep up the handicap but he gets in here off a feather weight and he looks a good bet to give his running.

20/1

6

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:50 Newcastle

Lively Citizen

11st 0lb

J: Archie Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Cheltenham winner in December and the saddle slipped when pulled up there next time; soon back on track with an ultra-game success at Leicester (1m7f, soft) and Archie Bellamy rides again off a 4lb higher mark; solid.

100/30

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Exacta £46.00
Straight Forecast £49.00
Trifecta £121.00

Selections

The Times:

Soft Risk

SPOTLIGHT:

Since Day One

TOPSPEED:

Lively Citizen

RP Ratings:

Theatre Legend

Telegraph:

Soft Risk

The Guardian:

Soft Risk

Daily Mail:

Soft Risk

Daily Express:

Soft Risk

Daily Mirror:

Soft Risk

The Star:

Soft Risk

Daily Record:

Soft Risk

POSTDATA:

Since Day One

The Sun:

Since Day One

WEST COUNTRY:

Lively Citizen